When you want to change your flooring inside or outside of your home, there are definitely a wealth of options. One such option is to use decorative decorative concrete patio nh. These days, concreted floors are desired by many people because of the durability and easy maintenance. A lot of people have strayed from having concreted floors because they previously lacked color and used to be hard to keep clean. Creating decorative concreted floors helps put an end to that issue.
Imprinting, or stamping, occurs when a design or pattern is pressed into the wet concreted surface. Stamping is commonly used to make the surface look like another type of material. Designs and patterns that are used include brick, tile, slate, and wood. Many people often choose this option to complement existing textures and colors of other surfaces.
An overlay, as the name suggests, is used to cover an existing surface with a similar material. It is provided as an alternative to tearing up and replacing the old surface completely. An overlay is typically made with a type of polymer in combination with a mix of cement, sand, and numerous additional materials. Most manufacturers use some type of acrylic polymer. The acrylics add strength, durability, and protection from UV rays.
Staining is another option. You have two main choices in how a concreted surface is stained. Stains do not cover the surface but instead they penetrate the surface with a translucent color. They will either be acid-based or water-based acrylics. The acid-based stains are used for subtle coloring in earth tones, while the water-based acrylics are recommended for brighter or more vibrant colors.
Coloring, other than staining, is also available. Infused color is the process of adding a tint during mixing and is commonly used with stamping. Color hardener is a powder that is shaken onto the wet concreted area and worked in by hand. Dyes, similar to staining, are applied to the surface but there are more color choices and with many more vibrant colors than stains.
Polishing is the final option for concreted surfaces. This option is becoming popular for indoor applications because no waxing is required and the same coloring techniques can be used. It is less costly than marble or granite. You can choose the level of glossiness because the process requires multiple steps. Polished overlays are also available.
There are a wide variety of application properties with each method. Most types can be used as types of flooring or counter tops and either inside or outside. If, however, you want a decorative concreted counter top, make sure there is proper support for the cabinets underneath because it will be heavy. Stamping is one type that is not generally recommended for counter tops, and is more commonly used for patios and around pools. You can use nearly any of the methods for driveways, walkways, and patios. Inside the home, they can be used for flooring in any first floor room.
Dull, boring concreted surfaces do not have to be acceptable or covered up with layers of paint that chips away too easily. There are a substantial amount of options when you want a change, but you want all of the benefits of a concreted surface. You not only change the look of your home, but you also potentially increase its value as well.